Cozy Winter Cocktails -

The colder weather has us bundling up and cozying under multiple blankets by the fire. What better way to coax ourselves out of bed each morning than a deliciously comforting morning cocktail?! Of course, you can enjoy this cocktails in the evening, too.

We’ve included a range of winter morning sips below from a creamy and energizing Irish Coffee, to a savory and filling Bloody Mary, a twist on the Spiked Spiced Cider and more. Whatever your beverage of choice is, it’s sure to be the perfect start to any ski day, holiday vacation, or just an average morning (we won’t tell anyone if you don’t)!

Glendalough Irish Coffee

2 ounces Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

2 teaspoons Demerara sugar

4 ounces freshly brewed coffee

Topped (slowly) with heavy cream

Garnish: Coffee beans

Method: Pour freshly brewed coffee into an Irish coffee cup. Add the Demerara sugar and whiskey. Stir all ingredients and top with heavy cream. Garnish with coffee beans.

Ho-Ho-Hot Chocolate

2 ounces Crystal Head Onyx

6 ounces hot chocolate

Bar spoon ancho chili powder (optional)

Toasted marshmallow

Method: Build Crystal Head Onyx and warm hot chocolate in a glass and stir. For extra flare, add ancho chili powder. Garnish with toasted marshmallow and grated cinnamon.

Tanteo Chipotle Irish Coffee

2 ounces Tanteo Chipotle Tequila

5 ounces freshly brewed coffee

1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon brown sugar

Whipped cream for topping

Directions: Add fresh coffee to glass, stir in white and brown sugar until dissolved. Add Tanteo Chipotle Tequila and stir. Top with whipped cream.

Seagram’s Classic Bloody Merry

2 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka

4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1⁄2 ounce olivejuice

1⁄4 ounce balsamic vinegar

1–2 dashes Tabasco

1⁄2 ounce tomato juice

1⁄2 ounce lemon juice

1⁄2 teaspoon horseradish

Black pepper

Garlic powder

Method: Rim a pint glass or Mason jar with salt and fill the glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in the glass over the ice and stir with a cocktail spoon. Garnish with a celery stalk, skewered cocktail olives and onions, lime and lemon rounds.

Sweater Weather

By Judy Elahi, Corporate Bar Director, 101 Hospitality, Micheles, Baker’s Daughter, & Gravitas, Washington, DC

2 oz Starward Two-Fold Australian Whisky

0.5 ounce fresh lemon juice

0.5 ounce Secret Spice syrup*

1.5 ounce Apple Cider

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 dashes Pink Salt Saline Syrup**

Apple slices dipped in grated nutmeg

Combine all ingredients except Starward and garnish in a saucepan. Heat on very low until simmering. Remove from heat, add Starward and stir to combine. Pour into a heatproof mug, garnish, and serve.

Secret Spice Syrup

2 parts sugar

1 part water

1 pinch Espelette (or sweet or smoked paprika)

1 bay leaf

1 pinch Szechuan and pink peppercorns

1 pinch Aleppo pepper

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to combine. Let cool, strain spices and store for two weeks in the refrigerator.

Pink Salt Saline Syrup

2 parts pink Himalayan salt

1 part hot water

Combine both ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Cool and use in cocktails.

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